Odisea 20 Cultural Slum

By: Hernando Gomez Salinas - Published: • References: myspace & baspotting.blogspot
In the city of Buenos Aires, like in other Latin American cities, there are settlements of impoverished people called "villas" (slums) because the savage capitalism has wreaked havoc on them.

Social relations and a strong sense of belonging are generated in the villas of Buenos Aires. These bonds are so strong, they generated a culture, "Subculture" and a resistance culture.

Due to the cultural production in the slum, Martín Roisi (A.k.a Fantasma) thought that he could create a cultural space in Buenos Aires called Odisea 20 (Odissey 20), a cultural producer located in the middle of the Slum 20 in the village of Villa Lugano.

It supports and sponsors cinema productions, painting, photography, music and plastic arts. After a cultural production has been shown for many years, they decided to show the first exhibition of Slummy Art in Boquitas Pintadas of San Cristóbal, Buenos Aires. The place serves as an art gallery from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and it exhibits paintings, photographs, sculptures, serigraphs, and murals by artists who dwell in the slums 20, 21, 31, and 31 A, Piedrabuena, Barracas, Zavaleta and Soldati. An orchestra composed of kids of the Slum 31 plays every Thursday.

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